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Guardian Funeral Homes West Chapel

5820 Northwest 41St Street, Warr Acres, OK

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Paul Tompkins Jr.

March 20, 1947September 2, 2019

Paul passed away on 9/2/2019 after losing his battle with cancer. He was born in Cold Spring, New York on 3/20/1947. He is survived by his wife Cherie of 48 years, his son Paul Tompkins III and daughter Taberah Brown. He had four grandchildren aged 13 (Ethan), 11 (Corbin),7 (Callie) and 3 (Josie). Paul also left behind a younger sister, Carol Herring and other family members. His older sister, Marjorie, had died of leukemia.

Paul was a Navy veteran during the Viet Nam War. He was involved in many aspects of church life at both St. David’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was responsible for the grounds and buildings at St. David’s and a general handyman for all members.

Paul spent 40+ years in research in the departments of cardiology, general surgery and neurosurgery. He was the Director of Neurosurgical Research Labs for 36 years, retiring in 2016. He did research in blast trauma, opening the blood brain barrier for treatment of brain cancer, ischemia, evaluation of hydrocephalus shunts and many other topics. He presented papers and abstracts all over the United States and the world regarding his research.

He was a good husband, father, friend, professor, teacher and coach. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on September 21, 2019 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street. Flowers may be sent to Guardian West Funeral Home at NW 41st and MacArthur or to St. Paul’s Cathedral Friday or Saturday morning. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Services

21 September

Memorial Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

St. Paul's Cathedral

127 NW 7th
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

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Loretta Hascall

September 8, 2019

Paul certainly loved his family. He was kind enough to help my Grandma & Aunt Pauline on occasion. I always loved that Yankee accent. A brilliant man yet very humble. I am praying for peace for you Cherie, Paul and Tabby. We love y’all.

Greg & Diane Cunningham

September 7, 2019

We go back to Paul’s early life in Cold Spring, NY. We both went to school and graduated with him from Haldane. We reunited with him at our 50th High School Reunion back in 2015 and are grateful for the memories. We are planning to attend the service as we live in the Tulsa area now. Rest In Peace Friend.
Greg & Diane Cunningham

Anne Guevara

September 6, 2019

I knew your dad as a kind, loving , man with a great sense of humor. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments. I am sorry for your loss. Your loss is Heaven’s gain. Prayers for all of you that you will find comfort. ❤️Anne Guevara

ann reedy

September 6, 2019

We are shocked and saddened by Paul's passing. We will remember him as a favorite neighbor full of energy and fun. We were blessed to share our early years in Oklahoma with him and his family who became part of our family too.

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